Famous photographs in history turn into Lego by Balakov

Trying to forget about something is rarely a useful strategy. Sometimes, the more we try to forget, the more we remember. For example, if I tell you that whatever you do – do not think about Pink Elephants, chances are that this did not work. Why? Because in order not to think about it, you must first conjure up a rosy colored pachyderm, and then try to erase the image. This is a task of elephantine proportions!

The fact is that every time we command ourselves to ‘just forget about it’, the more we remind ourselves. Thus the only viable strategy left is to forgive, which leaves your memory intact (preserving whatever important life lessons you have gleaned), but allows for the hurt and bitterness to dissipate.

The rat race of modern life combined with our future-mindedness keeps us from appreciating the present moment. So savor the present. A study finds that those who routinely savor, who anticipate positive events and relish them in the moment, are happier and more satisfied with life.

Straight up, you will probably cry.

“I’ve been thinking about you constantly since I left, wondering why the journey I’m on seemed to have led through you. I know my journey’s not over yet, and that life is a winding path, but I can only hope it somehow circles back to the place I belong. That’s how I think of it now. I belong with you.”

Nicholas Sparks

Don’t take it off your mirror until the her0inchic challenge is over!

A study shows that people who write gratitude letters and send them feel significantly happier for several weeks afterward. So go ahead and complete the #2 challenge! Gratitude improves your satisfaction with life because it revivifies your good memories and colors how you interpret them. On top of this, those who are grateful are less at risk for negative emotions such as depression, anxiety, or envy. Whenever you feel particularly mistreated by life, consider the ramifications of losing one of your senses, or the function of some part of your body. Remember the last time you were ill, or had a toothache, or headache, and appreciate just how wonderful normal is.

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